The New York Yankees will host the Oakland Athletics in the American League Wild Card Game on Wednesday night. The winner of this game will advance to take on the Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series. The Yankees have announced that their ace, Luis Severino will be on the mound for them on Wednesday night. Severino will be opposed by Oakland Athletics reliever, Liam Hendriks.
The New York Yankees are the big betting favorites in this game. The moneyline for the AL Wild Card Game is Yankees -190. The over/under for total runs scored is set at 8.5
Yankees vs. Athletics Odds
Spread: New York Yankees -190
Yankees vs. Athletics Head to Head
The New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics met six times during the regular season. The two teams split the six games, but the Yankees took two out of three from the Athletics inside Yankee Stadium. The A’s won a series over the Yankees in early September at the Oakland Coliseum.
Yankees vs. Athletics Stats
The Yankees struggled with injuries in the second half of the season, but Giancarlo Stanton remained healthy and productive. Stanton belted 38 home runs this season, and also reached the 100 RBI plateau. The Yankees set a new single season record for total home runs, belting 267 of them. Wild Card starter Luis Severino went 19-8 with a 3.39 earned run average this season for the Yankees.
Oakland Athletics outfielder Khris Davis put up monster numbers this season. The slugger belted 48 home runs to lead the American League, and also drove in 123 runs to lead the team. The Athletics only hit .252 as a team, but they finished with the third most runs in all of baseball.
Yankees vs. Athletics News
Yankees manager Aaron Boone is expected to keep four other starting pitchers on his AL Wild Card Game roster in case Severino runs into trouble early. The Yankees have one of the most feared bullpens in the Major Leagues, so an early run would be crucial for their success.
The Oakland Athletics are opting to use an “opener” rather than a starter in this game. Liam Hendriks will pitch the first inning for Oakland, but they are expected to use up to ten bullpen arms in this game.
Yankees vs. Athletics Predictions
The Oakland Athletics have been a wonderful story all season, but their lack of a true ace could come back to bite them in this game. The A’s will need Khris Davis and the rest of the big bats in the Athletics lineup to break out in a big way on Wednesday night.
The Yankees have one of the deepest and most feared lineups in baseball history, and they will find a way to score in this game. The A’s have a talented bullpen, but someone from the Yankees will drive a ball out of the park. Look for the Yankees to beat the A’s to advance to the ALDS. Bet the New York Yankees -190 over the A’s in this game.